As a research affiliate at CASBS in 2021-22, Henry Farrell will be working with Margaret Levi on an edited special issue of Daedalus on moral political economy, and a shorter piece with Marion Fourcade contributing to the special issue.
Farrell is the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Agora Professor of International Affairs at Johns Hopkins University. His research currently focuses on two main topics. First, he is interested in the informational aspects of democracy. How can we think about democracy as an information system? How can democracy best capture the latent information among its population and put it to good use? What kinds of shared beliefs do we need for democracy to be stable? Under what circumstances can democracy best harness group cognitive diversity? He is collaborating on various projects with Hugo Mercier, Bruce Schneier, Melissa Schwartzberg and Cosma Shalizi investigating these questions. His second major project, with Abraham Newman, looks at “weaponized interdependence,” the use of global networks such as the Internet, global financial networks (financial messaging and dollar clearing) and supply chains for targeted state-to-state coercion.